Jack-up vessel Seafox 5 departs Damen Verolme Rotterdam ready for next generation of wind turbines
The 151-metre, self-propelled, DP2 jack-up rig Seafox 5 left the Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) shipyard following a four-month refit in which the boom of its main crane was lengthened to prepare it for a new contract, along with a range of maintenance and other upgrade works. Seafox 5 is now equipped to undertake offshore wind projects involving the next generation of larger wind turbines in water depths of up to 65 metres.
This work enables Seafox 5 to install 66 six-megawatt wind turbines at the Merkur wind farm off the coast of Germany for GeoSea. While she was alongside, a series of other works were undertaken including a special periodic survey, testing the jacking system up to 70-metres above sea level, renewing the leg guide wear plates, installing a secondary Sormec crane and a repaint.
Seafox 5 Rig manager Alex Eijgenraam commented:
Seafox 5’s call at the Damen Verolme yard marked a busy and intense period for Seafox 5, its crew and office project team. However, all the scheduled works were completed on time and without incident. Seafox 5 left the yard as good as new and ready for her next assignment for the offshore wind industry. The long experience of Damen Verolme with jack-up rigs has contributed greatly to this result.